I was looking for a sentence in the last part of Nietzsche's The Antichrist (a part called "Law against Christianity"), which comes after the chapter 62. To my surprise, the vast majority of "full-texts" I found on the Web lack that last part! For instance:

Project Gutenberg EBook

Project Gutenberg EBook @ archive.org

H.L. Mencken translation @ The American Mercury

The University of Adelaide Library

Walter Kaufmann translation @ Dave's Fringe

Nietzsche's Features @ holtof.com

Lexido (The Full and Free Nietzsche Portal) (there's nothing on Next Section after chapter 62)

German version by University of Toronto

German version @ bare-jesus.net

Only a few versions have the last part:

Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy @ abundanthope.org

Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy @ shadowsgovernment.com

German version @ archive.org

Of course some of these versions stem from the same one. The question is: why the vast majority don't show the last part? Didn't it appear in the first edition, or in a later edition? Was it supressed by someone ideologically biased (maybe his sister)? All this together? Wikipedia says it's been supressed, but lacks references.

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This comment by Jeremiah Bowden at the very least offers a curt explanation of its obscurity (page 10):

Nietzsche is especially vehement in his denunciation of the Christian view of sex...

Moreover, in his "Law Against Christianity", a piece that was eliminated from numerous editions of The Antichrist because of its virulence, Nietzsche proposes that, "The preacher of chastity is a public incitement to anti-nature. Contempt for sexuality, making it unclean with the concept of 'uncleanliness‘, these are the real sins against the holy spirit of life."

Fortunately the citation notes indicate which edition of "The Anti-Christ" the quote came from:

Friedrich Nietzsche, “Law Against Christianity,” in The Anti-Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols, and Other Writings eds. Aaron Ridley and Judith Norman, trans. Judith Norman (New York: Cambridge University Press,2005), 67.

And that edition I found here: http://krishnamurti.abundanthope.org/index_htm_files/The-Anti-Christ-Ecce-Homo-Twilight-Of-The-Idols-And-Other-Writings-by-Nietzsche.pdf

In particular the article is on page 66-67.

Law against Christianity

Given on the Day of Salvation, on the first day of the year one (-30 September 1888, according to the false calculation of time)

War to the death against vice: the vice is Christianity

First proposition. - Every type of anti-nature is a vice. The priest is the most vicious type of person: he teaches anti-nature. Priests are not to be reasoned with, they are to be locked up.

Second proposition. - Any participation in church services is an attack on public morality. One should be harsher with Protestants than with Catholics, harsher with liberal Protestants than with orthodox ones. The criminality of being Christian increases with your proximity to science. The criminal of criminals is consequently the philosopher.

Third proposition. - The execrable location where Christianity brooded over its basilisk eggs should be razed to the ground and, being the depraved spot on earth, it should be the horror of all posterity. Poisonous snakes should be bred on top of it.

Fourth proposition. - The preacher of chastity is a public incitement to anti-nature. Contempt for sexuality, making it unclean with the concept of 'uncleanliness', these are the real sins against the holy spirit of life.

Fifth proposition. - Eating at the same table as a priest ostracizes: you are excommunicated from honest society. The priest is our Chandala, - he should be ostracized, starved, driven into every type of desert.

Sixth proposition. - The 'holy' history should be called by the name it deserves, the accursed history; the words 'God', 'saviour', 'redeemer', 'saint' should be used as terms of abuse, to signify criminals.

Seventh proposition. - The rest follows from this.

Obviously tho, the work has been supressed for this:

The criminal of criminals is consequently the philosopher.


  • Poor Nietzsche has lost completely his mind at this period. (about 10 years before his death)
    – John Am
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 11:06
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    @JohnAm No, he didn't. He lost his mind after that, probably after seeing how people were so stubborn to see the obvious. And still are. You probably never seen a healthy culture (like that of Amerindians, for instance), to think this way.
    – Rodrigo
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 13:12
  • @Rodrigo Mental illness does not appear suddenly. Nietzsche suffered for a long time a degradation of his mental abilities. You don't "lose your mind" because "people are stubborn". Mental illness has pathological causes.
    – John Am
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 13:30
  • @JohnAm the chapter in question is his conclusion from the whole of The Antichrist. Which part of the whole book do you think is false?
    – Rodrigo
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 14:04
  • @JohnAm The parameter you are not taking into account is the truth behind the whole of his book. And to run away from the debate is a sign that you cannot support your position.
    – Rodrigo
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 14:58

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